It’s Mother’s Day. It’s not a “big” day in our family…just another day. I’m one of those that would prefer the kids not get me anything and instead on an odd day help me do something. I prefer gifts of service way over boughten gifts.
I hate that we commercialize motherhood. As some of us get gifts from our kids and visits there are so many others that this day is a hard day. I can’t help think of my niece Jody’s kids who are spending their first Mother’s Day without a mom.
I have two great nieces who have lost children to SIDS.
I have a friend who couldn’t have kids but now is fostering puppies.
I have a niece who couldn’t have kids and adopted.
I have another niece who adopted kids anyway.
I have nieces mothering step children.
I have a neighbor who is raising her brother’s child.
I have Lora who has taken Scotty into her life.
I have a son and and son in laws who are the caregivers while moms are at work.
I have friends who lost babies to miscarriages.
I have a brother and his wife who are raising their grandson.
I have teacher friends who treat the students like their own children.
I know of neighbors who care for neighbor kids.
I know mothers who are estranged from their children.
I know many mothers loving their children but struggling through the effects consequences of covid.
I know of want to be mothers struggling with infertility.
All of us fortunate people who haven’t struggled with mothering or mother issues in the way many have, let’s take time to today to honor those in situations like I listed above. I think they need acknowledgement, love and compassion more than the so many of us who have mothered in the traditional ways. Hats off to all of you. I see you, recognize and salute you. Please take time in your day to reach out to someone might need a little extra acknowledgment today.